Aggressive new Belgiantax-based financier Scope Invest has boarded a new slate of French-languageBelgian films led by Benoit Mariage's new untitled comedy starring BenoitPoolevoorde, set for an October shoot, and Philppe Le Guay's Du Jours AuLendemain, also featuringPoolevoorde.
Meanwhile, Scope is readyto board Jan Verheyen's Gilles, a remake of Dutch family film In Oranje.
Scope will also co-financeXavier Giannolli's When I Was A Singer, starring Gerard Depardieu and Cecile De France (on Europa Corp'sCannes slate), and Laurent Herbiet 's Mon Colonel, produced by Michele Gavras and starring OlivierGourmet. Costa Gavras co-wote the script and will act as artistic advisor tothe production.
Further down the line,Scope also hopes to back Jaco Van Dormael's long-gestating, big budget MrNobody when it finally goes intoproduction.
Scope is also looking toextend its contacts by boarding Once Upon A Time In Sicily, being set up as a UK/Italian/Belgian co-production.Istituto Luce and The UK Film Council are also involved in the project, whichrevolves around the assassination of Judge Borsalino by the Mafia in Italy inthe 1990s.
Marco Armenta, who made adocumentary on the same subject (One Girl Against The Mafia) is set to direct, from a screenplay by Sergio Donatiand Hugo Pirrot.
Scope Invest was created in July 2003 byAlexandre Lippens and Genevieve Lemal. It is currently the market leader infinding private equity financing with Belgian companies for Europeanaudiovisual productions under the Belgian tax incentive law, known as the TaxShelter. In 2004, Scope managed togather more than 7 million euros which were invested in 10 different projectsrepresenting a total production budget of over 60 million Euro.
Scope's titles in Cannes arecompetition entry, The Child, bythe Dardenne brothers, Merry Christmas by ChristianCarion (screening out of competition), Un Certain Regard entry Nord Este, andAmos Kitai's Free Zone.